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Famous People From Iowa

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List of famous people from Iowa, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Iowa, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Iowa you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Iowa, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, including Martin Burns and Johnny Rawlings.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Iowa?" or "Which celebrities were born in Iowa?" then this list is a great resource for you.
  • Ashton Kutcher

    BirthplaceUSA, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Christopher Ashton Kutcher (; born February 7, 1978) is an American actor, producer, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Johnny Carson

    Johnny Carson

    Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)

    BirthplaceCorning, Quincy Township, Iowa, United States of America

    John William Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Cloris Leachman

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, United States of America

    Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an American actress and comedian. In a career... more on Wikipedia
  • Lara Flynn Boyle

    BirthplaceDavenport, Iowa, United States of America

    Lara Flynn Boyle (born March 24, 1970) is an American actress and producer. She is best known... more on Wikipedia

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  • Lolo Jones

    Lolo Jones

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, United States of America

    Lori Susan "Lolo" Jones (born August 5, 1982) is an American hurdler and bobsledder who... more on Wikipedia

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  • Shawn Johnson

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, United States of America

    Shawn Machel Johnson East (born January 19, 1992) is an American former artistic gymnast. She... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jean Seberg

    Jean Seberg

    Dec. at 41 (1938-1979)

    BirthplaceMarshalltown, Iowa, United States of America

    Jean Dorothy Seberg (; French: [ʒɑ̃ seˈbɛʁg]; November 13, 1938 – August 30, 1979) was an... more on Wikipedia

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    #171 of 186 The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)#5 of 12 12 Historically Beloved Figures That J. Edgar Hoover Hated And Tried To Destroy

  • Jerry Mathers

    BirthplaceSioux City, Iowa, United States of America

    Gerald Patrick Mathers (born June 2, 1948) is an American actor. Mathers is best known for his... more on Wikipedia

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  • Hill Harper

    BirthplaceIowa City, Iowa, United States of America

    Francis Eugene "Hill" Harper (born May 17, 1966) is an American actor and author. He is known... more on Wikipedia

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    #126 of 190 The Greatest Black Actors in Film History#56 of 100 The Smartest Celebrities

  • Glenn Miller

    Glenn Miller

    Dec. at 40 (1904-1944)

    BirthplaceClarinda, Iowa

    Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – disappeared December 15, 1944) was an American big-band... more on Wikipedia

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  • Lee de Forest

    Lee de Forest

    Dec. at 88 (1873-1961)

    BirthplaceCouncil Bluffs, Iowa

    Lee de Forest (August 26, 1873 – June 30, 1961) was an American inventor, self-described... more on Wikipedia
  • George Reeves

    George Reeves

    Dec. at 45 (1914-1959)

    BirthplaceWoolstock, Iowa, United States of America

    George Reeves (January 5, 1914 – June 16, 1959) was an American actor. He is best known for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Andy Williams

    Andy Williams

    Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)

    BirthplaceWall Lake, Iowa, United States of America

    Howard Andrew Williams (December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012) was an American singer. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • Brandon Routh

    BirthplaceUSA, Norwalk, Iowa

    Brandon James Routh is an American film and television actor. In 2006, he played the titular... more on Wikipedia

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  • Marcia Wallace

    Marcia Wallace

    Dec. at 71 (1942-2013)

    BirthplaceCreston, Iowa, United States of America

    Marcia Karen Wallace (November 1, 1942 – October 25, 2013) was an American actress, voice... more on Wikipedia

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    #1509 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History#44 of 50 Famous Buddhists

  • Bobby Driscoll

    Bobby Driscoll

    Dec. at 31 (1937-1968)

    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America

    Robert Cletus Driscoll (March 3, 1937 – March 30, 1968) was an American child actor and artist... more on Wikipedia

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  • Billy Sunday

    Billy Sunday

    Dec. at 73 (1862-1935)

    BirthplaceAmes, Iowa

    William Ashley Sunday (November 19, 1862 – November 6, 1935) was an American athlete who,... more on Wikipedia
  • Marc Andreessen

    BirthplaceCedar Falls, Iowa

    Marc Lowell Andreessen ( ann-DREE-sən; born July 9, 1971) is an American entrepreneur,... more on Wikipedia
  • Walter Cunningham

    BirthplaceCreston, Iowa

    Ronnie Walter Cunningham (born March 16, 1932), (Col, USMCR, Ret.) is a retired American... more on Wikipedia
  • Kate Mulgrew

    BirthplaceDubuque, Iowa, United States of America

    Katherine Kiernan Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) is an American actress. She is known for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • George Nelson

    BirthplaceCharles City, Iowa

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  • Harry Reasoner

    Harry Reasoner

    Dec. at 68 (1923-1991)

    BirthplaceDakota City, Iowa, United States of America

    Harry Truman Reasoner (April 17, 1923 – August 6, 1991) was an American journalist for ABC and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Grant Wood

    Grant Wood

    Dec. at 51 (1891-1942)

    BirthplaceAnamosa, Iowa

    Grant DeVolson Wood (February 13, 1891 – February 12, 1942) was an American painter best known... more on Wikipedia
  • Jim Garrison

    Jim Garrison

    Dec. at 71 (1921-1992)

    BirthplaceDenison, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Matt Bentley

    BirthplaceClinton, Iowa, United States of America

    Matthew James Bentley (born December 10, 1979) is an American professional wrestler best known... more on Wikipedia